The past several weeks, it feels like everything has been spinning at me from every direction - I've felt totally out of control, and I'm a person who likes to have control. As I've tried a whole variety of things to calm myself down, one thing really helped. Disney. Really! More than yoga or binge eating junkfood, Disney has been my happy place the past few days.
by Liz Richards (writer)
These silly, sappy cartoons from childhood really have been like old forgotten friends this week.
Maybe it's an emotional release, to laugh and cry at the frivolous little cartoons.
Maybe it's nostalgia, singling along to songs that shaped me.
Maybe it's just nice to get caught up in old familiar storylines.
But this has been a crucial part of my self care this week, so there must be something to this Disney therapy! Even if it's not Disney, you should do something silly and familiar and fun this week. It'll help, I promise.
Here are a handful of my favorite Disney moments:
1) This classic Steamboat Willie sketch that makes me giggle every time!
2) This will always be my jam:
It's also worth revisiting "Colors of the Wind" - still incredibly beautiful and heartbreakingly relevant right now.
3) "Be Our Guest" because obviously.
4) Any part of The Little Mermaid because Ariel is best.
5) The "Hi Ho Song" from Snow White because Grumpy has my heart.
I don't know about you, but it was really hard to pick my favorite Disney moments. I could watch them forever! And they help.
No matter how old I get, I can always learn from these characters, my first imaginary friends. And they're always there to make me laugh, pick me up when I'm down, and get me right back on my feet with just a little song.
Find your happy, find your silly. Be unapologetically nostalgic and childish in times like these, if only for the span of a cartoon.
I think, if we have a little imagination and relearn the things that Disney taught us, we might be okay after all. Maybe there's something there.